Africans Rising is a Pan-African movement of people and organisations, working for peace, justice and dignity. We are determined to foster an Africa-wide solidarity and unity of purpose of the Peoples of Africa to build the Future we want – a right to peace, social inclusion and shared prosperity.
Africans Rising amplifies broad demands connecting struggles, building solidarity & cooperation within & amongst campaigns for social, economic, environmental and gender justice. We do this with movements, people, civil society organisations, governments, artists, business, and others – based on our shared support for the Kilimanjaro Declaration.
As a broad, growing Pan-African movement, we are focussed on:
Improving Accountability & Ending Corruption - improving the ability of people and organisations to hold their governments accountable, build open governance and; end the political impunity that drives corruption.
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Freedom of Expression - ensuring that people’s inherent rights to express and engage in the public discourse and, access and enjoy their freedoms.
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The major themes of our work include:
Expand space for civic and political action
Fight for women’s rights and freedoms across society
Focus our struggles on the right to Equity and Dignity
Demand good governance as we fight corruption and impunity
Demand climate and environmental justice
Our work methods include:
Alliance building as a means to build the movement from below and beyond borders, establishing a solidarity framework from grassroots to the continental levels. These alliances should push back against repressive laws through the institutions and the mass movement itself.
Strategic Convening brought to the fore the need for and value-add of face-to-face and smaller group meetings as a way to build campaigns from the ground up.
Mapping of resources across the continent from smaller movements to larger networks is essential for Africans Rising to succeed in leveraging this mass support to address the systemic causes of poverty and inequality. Data gathering and sharing within ethical open frameworks is essential to building, consolidating and sharing knowledge.
Africans Rising prefers to be present along the way through the processes initiated on the ground, avoiding simple solidarity actions and preferring accompaniment as better reflecting the values and ideals of the movement.
A brief history of Africans Rising
The process that started out as the Africa Civil Society Centre (October 2015), widened into the Africa Civil Society Initiative (May 2016) and since 24th August 2016 is known as Africans Rising for Justice, Peace & Dignity is the result of a bottom-up series of on and offline consultations and dialogues between and amongst social movements, NGOs, peoples and popular social justice movements, intellectuals, artists, sports people, cultural activists and others, across the AU determined regions of the continent, including the Diaspora.
Note on the name; Africans Rising
Ayak Chol Deng Alak sums it up nicely when she says about Africans Rising; ‘the reference in the name is not to Africa, the continent, but to Africans, the people – I love that! This is a network through which I can connect with people that understand, that support, that critique.’
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